Big thumbs up for Halloween and Slow Food festivals at NI Tourism Awards
25 May 2018
There was a double celebration for Derry City and Strabane District Council last night at the NI Tourism Awards when they stepped up to the podium twice to receive awards for both the Halloween and Slow Food Festivals.
Receiving the awards on behalf of the Council, the Mayor Cllr Maoliosa McHugh said it was an extremely proud night for the city and district and extended his congratulations to everyone involved in securing the prestigious titles.
The Council weren’t the only local winners on the night, The Museum of Free Derry secured the much coveted Authentic NI Experience of the Year award and the Walled City Brewery were highly commended in the NI Food and Drink Experience category.
Derry’s hugely successful Halloween festival won the highly acclaimed Best NI Event and Festival Experience while the Slow Food Festival secured the NI Food and Drink Experience of the Year award.
Extending his congratulations to all the winners, Mayor McHugh said both the Halloween and Slow Food Festivals were truly deserving of the prestigious accolades. He also extended his congratulations to the Museum of Free Derry on their success and the Walled City Brewery for their nomination.
He commented: “When it comes to festival and events and fantastic visitor experience, Derry is right up there. No one organises events quite like how we do and that is reflective in our success at the awards tonight. The Halloween festival is world class with people from all over the world travelling to be part of our unique celebrations. I am delighted that work is ongoing to enhance the marketing of the festival to attract a more international audience. Our reputation for food is tremendous and again that is reflective in the success of the Slow Food Festival and the quality of food that was showcased at this event. The Slow Food is an innovative concept that promotes returning to the basics of food by using our natural resources and encouraging people to think differently about how they cook and eat food and I am delighted that the festival has been acknowledged in this way.
“I am also delighted that the Museum of Free Derry were acknowledged at the awards and that this unique visitor experience has been recognised in this way. I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to everyone associated with this success and thank them for their contribution in securing these awards for the city.”
Aeidin McCarter, Head of Culture with Derry City and Strabane District Council, said the awards is recognition of the hard work and dedication of all the teams across Council and its partners to organise, programme and promote high class events of broad public appeal to the public.
“We are really pleased at receiving these awards. The NI Tourism Awards are hugely important in the industry and represents a really strong endorsement of our events and the work we are doing to promote Derry and Strabane as a location to host international events. Our teams are currently working on the Foyle Maritime Festival scheduled to take place in July with the arrival of the Clipper Round the World Race yachts on the River Foyle. This promises to be another huge success for the city and district and we are looking forward to further successes in all of our events,” she added.
This year’s event was the 40th NI Tourism Awards and the celebrations were held at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.